I believe you are the expert of your body. I am passionate about working to understand how your unique personality, preferences and past experiences can propel you towards your goals. I work with you to highlight and utilize strengths to guide you along the way. I work in collaboration with families to provide relief from challenges related to picky eating and alleviate growth concerns.
My career path started with curiosity about fueling my own body and learning what worked for me. I have a large desire to help people learn and encourage them to be curious while guiding them along their personal path. As a Registered Dietitian for the past 20 years I truly believe nourishing your body, building a healthy relationship with food and modeling the joy of eating with your family is priceless.
With two young children and one on the autism spectrum, I have learned first hand the struggles of picky eating. What works for one child may not work for the next. I now appreciate the challenges because they forced me to continue learning and growing as a parent and as a dietitian. Much like everything else in parenting it is a journey, and a continued practice in patience.
Outside of work I enjoy anything that gets me outside, or cooking in my kitchen. Specifically, hiking, biking, gardening and skiing. My favorite time is spent playing with my boys in the backyard. In the kitchen I love trying new recipes and discovering new flavor combinations. I am notorious for trying a new recipe but subbing out nearly all the ingredients to my liking. I also find joy volunteering at Healing Reins equine therapies; working with the horses and children is really special to me.
Approach & Philosophy
I love food and believe it fuels not only the body but nourishes the soul. My approach with families and children is modeled after feeding expert dietitian, Ellyn Satter. Utilizing her methods, parents are responsible for the what, when and where of feeding while children control how much and whether to eat what is provided. I help families create a positive feeding environment where parents feel confident setting the example and children build confidence in eating.
In my work with teens and adults it is important for me to have curiosity about personalities, preferences, habits and past experiences. Everyone has a unique and different relationship with food and I work to utilize your strengths to empower you towards your health goals. I incorporate principles of Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size reinforcing the message that all bodies are good bodies.
Education & Training
I graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and went on to complete my dietetic internship in Nashville, Tennessee through the University of Tennessee at Martin. My rotations took me all over the state but much of my time was spent at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Originally from Northwest Ohio, my first work experience was through the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) in downtown Toledo. I went on from there to provide medical nutrition therapy at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center focusing on pediatric nutrition, cardiac rehabilitation and the medical intensive care unit.
Since living in the Pacific Northwest for the past 14 years I have trained as a kidney (renal) nutrition specialist, corporate wellness coordinator and more recently became certified as a personal trainer. Fitness has always been a personal interest of mine for my family and myself. Certification as a personal trainer increased my knowledge and adds value when discussing purposeful movement with others.
NASM certified personal trainer
ACE certified group fitness trainer
Sara will be taking new clients starting in March 2024.